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Cyclone safety messages audio available

Cyclone safety news grabs and community service announcements are now available from the

Department of Justice and Attorney-General. The downloads are now available and interviews can be arranged on request.

1. Workplace health and safety news grabs (Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Senior Director, Jim Carmichael):

  • Asbestos in building (24 sec)
  • Asbestos in houses (18 sec)
  • What are the risks with asbestos (29 sec)
  • Removal of asbestos (38 sec)
  • Cleaning asbestos (27 sec)
  • Household hazardous substances and chemicals (45 sec)
  • Industrial hazardous substances and chemicals (8 sec)
  • For more information (35 sec)

2. Electrical safety news grabs (Electrical Safety Office, Senior Electrical Safety Officer, Gerard Poynting):

  • Our top priority (30 sec)
  • DDIY Don’t DIY when it comes to electrical safety (26 secs)
  • Generators (48 sec)
  • Solar panels (25 sec)
  • Power reconnect (20 sec)

For outlets preferring to arrange their own voiceovers, the following CSAs are provided. The broadcast of such messages will help to ensure the safety and recovery of cyclone-affected Queenslanders.

Electrical equipment and appliances

Residents of cyclone-affected areas are urged to use extreme caution when handling electrical equipment while cleaning up after the cyclone. Damaged wiring and electrical equipment can cause electrocution, shocks and fires.

Household items such as kettles, toasters, appliances and power tools that may have become wet or submerged in the waters should not be used until they are checked by an electrician. Larger appliances that have been in contact with water, such as air-conditioning units, should also be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before use.

For advice call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662. To find a licensed electrician, use the free online booking service or call Master Electricians Australia on 1300 889 198 or by calling the National Electrical and Communications Association on 1300 794 846.

Safe use of generators

The Electrical Safety Office is reminding people using portable generators to be aware of the dangers if used incorrectly.
If you are using a generator to power your home it must be connected via a change-over switch that has been installed by a licensed electrical contractor.
Using a generator to supplement domestic electricity during a power outage also carries dangers of poisoning from carbon monoxide gases, fire and electrocution.
For more information call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662.

Reconnecting electricity

Water-affected buildings need to be inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before electricity can be reconnected.Home owners and business must engage a licensed electrical contractor to inspect the wiring to ensure it is safe.

For more information about electrical safety call the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662. Advice about reconnections is also available from Ergon Energy (phone 13 1046) and Energex (phone 13 12 53).

Clean up safety

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding those helping with clean up efforts to wear personal protective equipment, such as rubber gloves, enclosed rubber-soled shoes, clothing that covers exposed skin and a hat while in the sun. Residents and workers should also take great care when using chainsaws, ladders, tractors, trucks and trailers. Obey the manufacturer’s safety and operating instructions, and wear the required protective equipment. For more information about managing workplace risks during the clean-up visit or phone 1800 177 717.

Special workplace safety hotline extended for cyclone victims

A clean-up hotline set up by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for south-east Queensland flood victims will be available to those affected by Cyclone Yasi. The workplace hotline provides advice to employers and workers on how to stay safe during the cyclone recovery. The hotline was set up during the recent Queensland floods to offer advice about general workplace health and safety matters as well as specific information relating to the impacts of this summer’s disasters, such as dealing with asbestos, working in muddy and wet areas, ectrical safety and disease threats.

The Workplace Health and Safety Queensland clean-up hotline operates seven days a week from 7am to 7pm on 1800 177 717. For more information, visit Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Precautions for asbestos-containing materials

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is warning residents that cyclone-affected buildings could contain damaged asbestos-containing materials that could pose a hazard when cleaning up.

Houses and other buildings built before 1990 may contain asbestos materials, and residents are urged to exercise caution when cleaning their homes and businesses. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and keep asbestos materials wet during removal. Avoid breaking asbestos material and handle it with care as fibres can be released into the air especially through sawing and drilling. Don’t use high pressured hoses or gurneys to clean asbestos containing materials.

If you are removing more than 10 square metres (10 m2) you must get a licensed asbestos removal contractor. If you have any doubts or questions, you should contact your local council about how it can help dispose of suspect materials.

For more information visit or phone 1800 177 717.

Media contact: 3224 7382.

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Last reviewed
7 February 2011
Last updated
5 November 2015
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